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GM’s OnStar to Offer Car-Sharing to 6 Mil Customers

RelayRides takes service national.

by on Jul.17, 2012

General Motors'• OnStar subscribers can now rent out their idle vehicles through the RelayRides marketplace.

General Motors OnStar telematics service is getting into the car rental business.  Or, more precisely, into the fast-expanding world of car-sharing.

The concept skips the busy corporate rental counters that motorists traditionally experience.  Instead, car-sharing allows an owner to rent their vehicle directly to another motorist – often for brief periods and at substantially lower rates.

Nearly 6 million OnStar customers will be eligible under the new program which pairs the GM service with car-sharing leader RelayRides.  The alliance will allow a renter to get the keys to a vehicle without having to meet the car’s owner.

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“General Motors, through OnStar, and RelayRides have joined forces to create an entirely new mobility solution for U.S. drivers interested in more affordable, sustainable and collaborative automobile options,” explained GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky. “Our exclusive relationship with RelayRides provides an exciting new choice: the first automobiles to run on collaborative consumption.”


OnStar Spreads its Wings at CES

New services, new markets part of GM telematics arm’s plans.

by on Jan.09, 2012

OnStar wants to connect users to the "cloud" for a variety of onboard services.

It’s already the biggest onboard telematics service in the U.S., but OnStar has far grander aspirations, with a variety of new concepts being unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

The General Motors subsidiary will be showing off a prototype Chevrolet Volt that can draw a variety of broadband services down from the “cloud,” while it is also revealing the first of what could be a long list of smartphone app-like services that it promises will offer some useful services to OnStar subscribers.

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“We’ll be using CES to show where the brand is and where it will be going forward,” says spokesman Vijay Iyer, part of the OnStar team in Sin City this week.

The pioneering telematics company also is preparing to expand its reach, hoping to target potential customers around the world – as well as motorists who don’t own a General Motors vehicle.